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Hot Times for Hype and Hysterics

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so,” said Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, summing up so much of the “collective wisdom” that prevails in the world today. Some claim it originated before his time, but he’s one of my favourite boyhood authors so I’ll go with him; nowhere is it more apt than with the Western world’s current obsession with “climate change”.

According to recent calls by the Greens, some alarmist scientists, globalist leaders from the United Nations  and World Economic Forum, we should all become “climate activists” to save the world from “an era of global boiling.”

We saw the fruit of that hyperbolic fear-mongering this past week, with Extinction Rebellion getting the jollies by snarling traffic with blockades and slow marches. Weeks before that, thousands of school students took part in a “climate action” strike under the guise of “A sick day for a sick planet.” The sickest aspect was a “sick note” provided by University of Melbourne Professor David Karoly and ANU’s Professor Nick Abel which stated

The student is ‘unfit’ to attend school as the government’s inaction on climate change has caused ‘increased anxiety’ among other ‘symptoms’.

‘levated stress on seeing the impacts of the climate emergency now in Australia and worldwide…’Feelings of despair due to the disregard of leaders who won’t have to endure the future they’ll leave behind.

What perpetual alarmists such as Karoly don’t acknowledge is that repeated warnings of “catastrophic climate change” pushed by educators, governments and a headline-hungry media is responsible for that “increased anxiety”, rather than any tangible evidence of a rapidly warming climate. All this is based on dodgy computer modelling and an unproven hypothesis that anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are responsible, rather than natural cyclical changes.

Despite the headlines, nothing we have seen in the past decade is “unprecedented” . As Dorothea Mackellar eloquently pointed out in My Country, we are a land of droughts and flooding rains. There have been bigger floods, worse droughts, higher temperatures and more severe cyclones than any witnessed by young millennials or their parents, despite efforts by the Bureau of Meterology to expunge some historical records and “homogenise” temperature readings that stand out from an accepted average. This sleight of hand has been highlighted by Dr Jennifer Marohasy.

The current concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is about 400 parts per million but has been much higher in eons past, where plants, animals and coral reefs survived and thrived. From Wikipedia:

Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere were as high as 4,000 ppm during the Cambrian period about 500 million years ago, and as low as 180 ppm during the Quaternary glaciation of the last two million years.[4]Reconstructed temperature records for the last 420 million years indicate that atmospheric CO2 concentrations peaked at approximately 2,000 ppm during the Devonian (400 Ma) period, and again in the Triassic (220–200 Ma) period and was four times current levels during the Jurassic period (201–145 Ma).

 And according to Catherine Salgado, of the US-based Media Research Center year,

Recently published data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that there has not been global warming for the past eight years. And NASA satellite data reportedly confirms that evidence, showing no global warming for eight years and five months … But leftists are quick to warn people against drawing the obvious conclusion that the world isn’t about to become a burning ball of fire.

Recently published evidence also showed that there was actually a near-record low of major hurricanes in 2022, indicating that weather isn’t getting progressively and exponentially worse globally, despite the climate frenzy of the media and governments. And the Northeast is currently experiencing record cold in a harsh winter…

So before we buy a few tubes of superglue to anchor ourselves to a busy city street or catch a flight to Paris or London, where we can deface Van Gough and Picasso art works to “save the planet,” it’s worth taking a step back to ponder some other dire warnings. Let’s start with Dr David Viner, of the University of East Anglia, who prophesied in 2000 that “within a few years winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event..Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”

Less than a decade later, former US Vice-President Al Gore predicted sea levels could rise by seven metres “in the near future”. His movie “An Inconvenient Truth”  included scenes from a science fiction movie, and the day before an announcement that he was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a British High Court judge ruled that his much-celebrated movie contained nine significant errors. Gore, who subsequently bought a 20-room mansion that reportedly “guzzles more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years” has done well indeed by promoting needless panic, as have legions of professional alarmists.

Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned “climate change is the great moral challenge of our time” before jetting off to a climate change talk-fest in Copenhagen where  delegates had to scramble home before the airport was snowed under. But the claimed sea level rise didn’t put him off purchasing a multi-million dollar beachfront mansion at Noosa’s Sunshine Beach a few years ago. If there is such a thing as poetic justice, he is currently experiencing just how cold a winter in America’s north-east can be as our Ambassador in Washington.

Professor Tim Flannery of the Climate Council  in 2007 claimed: “Even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams… ” Oops, keep trying, Tim, there are thousands of subsequent flood victims who might not believe you.

Back in the Seventies, scientists seemed unable to agree on whether we were entering a new ice age or global warming was about to ramp up. Here are just a few of the many dire — and dead wrong — warnings made after the first Earth Day in 1970:

Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years  unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

 “We are in an environmental crisis that threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” according to Washington University’s Barry Commoner, who apparently looks through his biologist’s microscope only with his left eye.

The New York Times, then poised on the very edge of the slippery slope that has since seen it plumb the depths of doctimaire silliness, had this to say: “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”

The Times editorialist must have thought he was breaking new ground. He wasn’t. Way back in May 1932, the same newspaper made what, for my money, remains the most asinine climate prediction of all time:

As all the ice at the two poles melt, a stupendous volume of water will be released. Fish will swim in Buckingham Palace … the Sahara Desert will be a great inland sea … New York will be marked by taller skyscrapers … the climate will be as when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Well it hasn’t happened. I don’t think King Charles and Queen Camilla will need to vacate Buckingham Palace — and I won’t be buying any super glue unless something really needs mending, and that ain’t the climate.

John Mikkelsen is a former editor of three Queensland regional newspapers, columnist,  freelance writer and author of the Amazon Books Memoir, Don’t Call Me Nev

13 thoughts on “Hot Times for Hype and Hysterics

  • cbattle1 says:

    This Climate Change movement reminds me of the early days of the growth and spread of Christianity; where it was then prophesised that the world was going to end soon and catastrophically! Well, it’s been some 2000 years since the prophesy of Apocalypse and Armageddon was proclaimed, but we are still here!
    Back in carboniferous times, the world must have been wet, warm and thick with CO2, for all that vegetation to pile up.
    In the first few years of the Sydney settlement, it was observed that birds and bats were dropping dead from the trees at Rose Hill/Parramatta because of the heat wave experienced, and it was noted at the Hawkesbury R. that flood debris was lodged high up on trees. Were the Aboriginal people to blame, possibly with their burning of country, for the climatic extremes of those days?

    • Rebekah Meredith says:

      December 11, 2023
      “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation…. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3: 3-4, 7-10).
      The first promise of the coming Saviour (Genesis 3:15) was made some 4,000 years before Jesus’ birth; it has been less than 2,000 years since Revelation was written. God did not say WHEN the events it details will happen, just that they will. In the mean time, the Lord is giving you time to repent and turn to Him before it is too late. And your response to His mercy is to mock the truth of His promises!

  • Geoff Sherrington says:

    The dominant provider of global atmospheric temperatures derived from sensors on satellites is run by the inventors of the method, Drs Christy and Spencer at University
    of Alabama at Huntsville, UAH.
    Here are the monthly measurements of the lower air over Australia, from mid 2012 to end November 2023, a few days ago.
    Geoff S

  • davidmj101 says:

    Thanks John for researching this list. It perplexes me how, when so many of these alarming edictions are proven wrong, why the person who made the false predicion is not ever called to account.
    And, on the matter of failed predictions, can you maybe assist me with a quote I have been looking for. It was made by David Suzuki when he came to Australia many years ago and stated something like ‘by the year 2000 Autralia could be unlivable’. That’s not the exact quote but I am hopeful of tracking down exactly what he said. Can you shed any light on this doozie?

  • Francois Stallbom says:

    The following website covers most of the flawed predictions by the climate cult marxists:

  • john mac says:

    Greatest hoax ever foisted on humanity , designed to punish the West for succeeding , totalitarianism through the back door and of course the left have embraced it and fallen for it hook , line and sinker . Weaponizing the weather , what a stroke of genius ! Winter conditions in December here in Adelaide will be ignored , for the “catastrophic” Summer ahead . Jumping the shark with this term as what more hyperbolic term can they come up with ?

  • Dallas Beaufort says:

    Our Sun’s emissions continue to heat and cool Earth while the Extinction rebellion collectively confused work their market place gathering nuts all year round, Biden’s build back better bunker won’t save his arse.

  • Michael says:

    The Left’s dependence on catastrophism can’t be overstated. Without some looming or present catastrophe to use as a pretext for their interventionist schemes, leftists would have nothing.

  • Davidovich says:

    Aside from the useful idiots who man Extinction Rebellion protests etc, there are cynical but intelligent people who are making a lot of money out of the climate change hoax and are capable of perpetuating it. China, obviously, gains enormously from the West’s actions to control the weather and climate but many affluent people and organisations in the West gain financially too. Left wing governments also gain by having the masses in thrall to the fear mongering and hence are more easily manipulated. Nuclear energy whilst playing to the net zero nonsense would nullify the scare tactics and is a major reason why it is being strongly resisted in this country by Bowen and Labor.

  • Watchman Williams says:

    Once upon a time, there were three great lies;
    i) Of course I will still love you in the morning.
    ii) Your cheque is in the mail,
    iii) I’m from the government. I’m here to help.
    These have been supplanted in the 21st century by;
    iv) We are experiencing catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.
    v) The Covid jab is safe and effective.
    vi) Every person can choose their own agenda.
    The last three are the consequence of believing number iii) above.

  • Watchman Williams says:

    Once upon a time, there were three great lies;
    i) Of course I will still love you in the morning.
    ii) Your cheque is in the mail,
    iii) I’m from the government. I’m here to help.
    These have been supplanted in the 21st century by;
    iv) We are experiencing catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.
    v) The Covid jab is safe and effective.
    vi) Every person can choose their own agenda.
    The last three are the consequence of believing number iii) above.

  • MargieCJ says:

    As all animal life on Earth will only survive by breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, if the planet was on the verge of extinction, then it would follow that the available oxygen level would be dropping significantly.
    So where does the oxygen come from? Trees.
    What is the state of tree cover on the planet Earth? According to this study, tree cover increased globally over the past 35 years, so no catastrophe, you can all breathe easy.

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